There are many reasons for IBM’s recent purchase of Red Hat, but one of them became apparent today - the Big Blue has announced that it has packed more than 100 products across its software portfolio into containers, designed for Red Hat’s OpenShift.
Linux-based application containers package apps and all of their dependencies into individual virtual environments that can be easily moved between a variety of public and private clouds.
“IBM is unleashing its software from the data center to fuel the enterprise workload race to the cloud,” said Arvind Krishna, senior veep for cloud and cognitive stuff at IBM.
IBM’s containerized software will be bundled into something called ‘Cloud Paks’ - integrating a container platform, IBM middleware and open source components, and common software services for development and management.
The first five Cloud Paks were actually introduced in June, but back then, OpenShift wasn’t a part of the equation.
Since Red Hat doesn’t sell any public cloud infrastructure, OpenShift has been vendor-agnostic from the beginning, and features advanced integrations with all major cloud flavours, especially Azure.